GOP-appointed judges hand down longer sentences to African Americans than whites for similar offenses, according to a study by two Harvard professors. They argue the current polarized political climate in judicial politics is a “source of persistent racial and gender disparities.”
An 8-1 majority said a Virginia police officer illegally searched a motorcycle on private property. Dissenter Justice Samuel Alito said that “an ordinary person of common sense” would react as a Charles Dickens character would, saying “the law is an ass–a idiot.”
A white-collar defense attorney explains how “pro-active” engagement with prosecutors has helped his clients avoid going to trial or at least present evidence that could change a case’s outcome. He calls it “trying a case in a prosecutor’s office.”
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are complaining that President Trump’s picks for U.S. Attorneys and judges are overwhelmingly white men. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) hopes for a Supreme Court vacancy.
A 4-3 decision by a new lineup of judges ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, a Kennedy family member who had been convicted of killing Martha Moxley. Skakel, free from prison since 2013, is unlikely to be retried.
Louisiana juries can convict someone of a felony without a unanimous vote, thanks to a law that legal experts call outdated and potentially dangerous. That’s what happened to Troy Rhodes, a 37-year- old African-American man, convicted by a 10-2 jury in New Orleans and sent to prison for 149 years for crimes he may not have committed.